Please give a warm welcome to YA fantasy author Kaitlin Bevis! Today Kaitlin is going to talk about her newest book in the Daughters of Zeus series, Daughter of the Earth and Sky. Please also check out her previous guest post about the first book in the series, Persephone.
Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) makes an appearance in the sequel to Persephone, “Daughter of the Earth and Sky.” Unlike Persephone who really only plays a part in three major myths, Aphrodite has her hand in everything, which meant a ton of research on my part. That research led to a surprising discovery.
There are two Aphrodites! The first Aphrodite predates the Olympians. She was born after Cronus killed Uranus by severing his.... nether bits. The erm... foam, that rose from those nether bits became flesh and Aphrodite rose from the foam a full grown, beautiful goddess, and the furies rose from the blood in the water.
Isn’t Greek mythology just full of the loveliest images?
Anyway, that’s where the famous picture, “The Birth of Venus” comes from. That Aphrodite is the goddess of love of the body and soul.
The other Aphrodite was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. She was also pretty, but she was only the goddess of, well... sex.
Not surprisingly, it became very difficult to tell which goddess was being referred to in the myths, and eventually they became the same goddess to the uniformed listener. I had to figure out a way to be true to both versions of the goddess. She had to be Zeus’ daughter for my story to work, but I had him create her from the “remains” of Uranus. To explain why she’s pretty much only the goddess of love when most of the other gods are in charge of something a bit more tangible, I had Zeus give her charm, and charm alone.
In my series, charm is kind of like compulsion from the Vampire Diaries. That resemblance was not intentional. My series was written well before the show aired. BUT as a kid, I devoured that book series, so it probably was subconsciously inspired by it.
And here I thought I was so original. Meh, it’s not like supernatural beings being able to control the minds of humans is all that new of a concept.
Anyway, children of Zeus possess charm, or charisma. Controlled, it acts as a sort of mind control. Uncontrolled it could start things like the Trojan War. It triggers and amplifies whatever emotion the victim has toward the deity with the charm. Most deities come from two parents, so they have some other power or responsibility to balance out the charm. Aphrodite just has charm, so it’s very powerful, and everyone she sees has a reaction to her until she learns to get it under control.
Goddess of charm, goddess of love and beauty? It works.
Aphrodite has a part in many, many more myths, and those myths will have a place in my series.... later. For this book, we just get a little introduction. Hope you enjoy. :)
About the author:
Her books are available for purchase in ebookstores everywhere. She also writes for Athens Parent Magazine, and truuconfessions.com.
About Daughter of the Earth and Sky:
Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong.
The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone’s silence.
He wants her soul.
Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa’s jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart.
Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger?
Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose them both.
But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?